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With a background litigating complex issues in federal courts, I have successfully prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases and enforced compliance with federal statutes. My practical experience allows me to guide clients through challenges and develop creative and strategic approaches toward resolving problems or achieving goals. My can-do attitude, tenacity and perseverance make me an ideal team member to accomplish any mission.

A dynamic litigator and innovator, Suntrease Williams-Maynard focuses on helping clients minimize the risks of litigation, handle internal investigations and develop programs, policies and procedures. Suntrease has also received specific training in trial advocacy, depositions and alternative dispute resolution, making her a well-rounded advocate for her clients’ interests. Further, Suntrease leverages her experience in diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), leadership development, and executive coaching capabilities to help clients achieve their goals and ambitions. Suntrease draws on her prior experiences as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a diversity consultant for a range of organizations to cultivate change institutionally and individually. She is a frequent speaker on EEO and DEI matters and has developed training for organizations on this subject matter.

Suntrease advises organizations throughout Alabama and the Southeast on EEOC and Title IX issues. With an MPA and Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University and a Certificate in DEI in the Workplace from the University of South Florida, Suntrease offers a unique blend of legal and human resources advocacy and consulting. Suntrease is sought out by clients to provide guidance and advice to HR professionals and managers across various industries on EEO and DEI principles.

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Texas, Suntrease has vast experience in leading and conducting investigations. Additionally, she has handled a wide array of investigatory matters as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force Reserve. As such, she guides many of our clients, in particular municipalities and higher educational institutions, in conducting investigations in various matters, including allegations of misconduct and policy violations and sexual harassment.

Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Suntrease served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Mobile. In this role, she was the sole legal counsel to federal investigators and the Local Office Director for Mobile on case development strategies. Her duties also included conducting training and outreach, both internally and externally, on the statutes enforced by the EEOC, as well as creating significant partnerships with other agencies in an effort to fulfill the EEOC’s mission, which led to her receiving the Community Service Award within her first year of service to the agency. Thanks to this experience, Suntrease is also well versed in labor and employment issues and federal employment discrimination statutes.

Suntrease also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Texas. She joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General Honors program being one of ten selected nationwide to serve at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In this role, she handled issues relating to election and voter fraud allegations and prosecutions, health care fraud, the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute. 

In her service under the Civil Rights Enforcement Unit, she enforced statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Also thanks to her experience in these roles, Suntrease has in-depth experience with federal agencies including the Border Patrol; Homeland Security Investigations; Drug Enforcement Administration; Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Department of State and Postal Inspectors. 

In addition to her service to the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, Suntrease is also an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force Reserve. She carries the rank of Major and was the recipient of the inaugural community service award for a youth program that she developed while attending Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course. She was also twice featured in the Judge Advocate General's Reserve Publication for her outstanding service and contribution in 2014 and 2018. She was also the first IMA reservist in the United States Air Force’s history to be selected to serve as a U.S. Senate Youth Program mentor. 

In each of her roles, Suntrease has taken a personal approach to finding ways to connect with the community and conduct outreach. She is passionate about youth issues within the community she serves. She has led efforts to bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement by creating and implementing a program called Successful Tips for Youth on Law Enforcement Encounters (STYLE), which was designed to create and foster positive relationships and mutual respect to ensure safety during encounters. The FBI adopted this program for national implementation and the program is now known as Bridging the Gap.


  • The Pennsylvania State University, Master of Public Administration, 2013, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Shaw University, B.A., 2005, Sociology: Criminal Justice, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Alabama

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United State Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Girls Scout of Southern Alabama, Leading Lady Award 2022
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama
  • Bishop State Community College Foundation, Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Mobile
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Junior League of Mobile, Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, June 2019-2021
  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Mobile Chapter, Chair of Legislative Committee, May 2016-2021
  • The Links, Inc., Greater Mobile Chapter, May 2019-Present, Co-Chair of Scholarship Committee from December 2020-Present
  • Bishop State Community College Foundation, Chair of Scholarship Committee, 2021-Present
  • Board of Directors to Rotary Club of Mobile, Board of Director, July 2021-Present
  • Mobile Area Council, BSA, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion from 2021-Present
  • Envision Daphne 2042 Advisory Group, Member, October 2020-Present
  • Hosted first Bullying Awareness Walk in Laredo, TX
  • Hosted first Multi-Cultural Festival in Laredo, TX
  • Hosted Community Fair to restore voting rights in Mobile, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Marriage Ministry
  • Military Officers Association of America, South Alabama


  • Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award, 2021
  • Best Lawyers® Ones To Watch - Government Relations Practice, Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2022, 2023
  • National Bar Association 40 Under 40, 2020
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida, 2021
  • Leadership Baldwin, Class of 2021
  • National Bar Association Top 5 Recipient for the Excellence in Activism Awards, 2020
  • National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2020-21
  • Community Service Award, U.S. EEOC, 2019
  • Diversity Scholar Award, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2018
  • Mobile Bay Magazine 40 Under 40, 2016
  • 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, North Carolina Central University, 2016
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents Diversity Scholar Award, 2016
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, 2016
  • Mobile County Public Schools System Student Involvement Starts with Us Award, 2016
  • United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas Dedicated Service Award, 2014
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Best Regional Director of the Year Award, 2012, 2013
  • Lawyers of Color Hot List Honoree, 2013
  • Webb County Women's Bar Association Outstanding Service, 2012
  • United States Department of Justice United States Attorney General's Honors Program Attorney, 2009
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, NCCU School of Law/Turner lnn Chapter Dedication & Leadership Award, 2007
  • Black Law Students Association, NCCU School of Law Chapter Service Award, 2007
  • Women's Caucus, NCCU School of Law Chapter Hard Work & Dedication Award, 2006
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Recognition Ribbon
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Air Force Longevity Award
  • Air Force Commendation Medal

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Alabama Leadership Initiative, Class V
  • Alabama State Bar, Government Relations Liaison Committee
  • Alabama Leadership Institute, 2022
  • Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers, President, 2016–2017; Vice President, 2015–2016
  • Mobile Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Chair, 2016-Present
  • Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association, President, 2018 to date; President Elect, 2017–2018; Recording Secretary, 2016 to 2017; Chair-Present; Community Affairs: 2016-Present
  • Alabama Lawyers Association, Southern District Rep, 2019-Present
  • Escambia County Teen Court Program, Teen Court Judge, 2019-Present
  • Spring Hill College, Adjunct Professor in Sociology and Criminology, 2017-Presentt
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Council, 2018-Present; Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2017-Present; Program Committee, 2018-Present; Membership Committee, 2016–2017
  • Paul W. Brock Inn of Court, September 2016-Present
  • National Black Prosecutors Association, Vice President of Programs, 2014–2015; Regional Director of the Southern Region, 2011–2014
  • Laredo Webb County Bar Association, Director of Pro Bono and Community Outreach, 2013–2014
  • Webb County Women's Bar Association, President, 2011–2012
  • American Bar Association, Touch 10,000 Ambassador, 2010–2011
  • Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 2008–2009


  • Lessons from Successful African American Lawyers:  Practical Wisdom for Those on the Path to Lawyerhood, Contributing Author, July 2020
  • A Categorical Review of Abuses: From Civil Bad Faith to Criminal Bankruptcy, Co-Author, 2022


  • Conducing Successful Workplace Investigations in a Virtual Setting, DRI Toxic Tort Conference, Panelist, March 2022
  • Judicial Wisdom in Today’s Community, Investiture of Mobile County Municipal Judges, Keynote Speaker, January 2022
  • You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Uncommon Knowledge and Game Changing Advice They Don’t Teach You But You Really Need to Know to Succeed in Law School and the Professional World
    16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair Virtual Event, November 15, 2020
  • Stronger Together: Eliminating Micro Aggressions & Bias, Coast Guard Diversity & Inclusion Cycle of Improvement, Nov 2020
  • The 7th Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo, Sept 2020
  • How Women Have Shaped the ALA, Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Panelist, June 2020
  • NBLSA Joint Board Retreat, Speaker, June 2020
  • A Conversation on Race, Policing, Voting & Social Justice: Where Do We Go from Here, Eastern Michigan University 3rd Policing Event
  • Hospitality and Tourism Workforce Summit, Panelist, March 2020
  • Women's Forum featuring Women Who Rock It, August 2019
  • Trainer on Title VII and ADA, EEOC's Technical Assistance Program, August 2019
  • Lecturer on Title VII, EEOC Birmingham District Office, September 2018
  • Lawyering in the 2151, Century Webinar on STYLE/Bridging the Gap program, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Panelist, August 2017
  • JROTC STEM Academy (Mobile/Huntsville Public Schools), Spring Hill College, Keynote Speaker June 2017
  • Student Success Summit hosted by the United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), October 2016
  • 2016 Intelligence Analysis Sharing: A Candid Look at Community Policing and DOJ Smart on Crime Initiative for the United States Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • National Black Prosecutors Association's 33rd Annual Conference, July 2016
  • The Use of Service Animals Under the ADA, Baldwin/Mobile Counties, March 2016
  • Military Officers Association of America, January 2016
  • National Advocacy Center (NAC), November 2015
  • Annual Gulf Coast Conference for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), November 2015
  • The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act; the Fair Housing Act (FHA); the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Shepard-Byrd Act, AIDS Alabama, August 2015
  • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights (USERRA) Act, Alabama Veterans Council, February 2015